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City of Dayton

Patrol Officer

40-Police Department · Dayton, Texas
Department 40-Police Department
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $20.61 - $23.91 DOE

City of Dayton                     Job Description

Position:  Patrol Officer
Classification:  Non-Exempt
Department:  Police Department
Reports to:  Chief of Police
Salary Grade Level:  8
Position Type:   Full Time

Job Summary/Objective:

The Patrolman is responsible for general patrol duties within the City of Dayton, which includes responding to calls for service as well as routine patrol.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Arrests and processes offenders with outstanding warrants

  • Responds to calls for service as directed by the dispatcher or supervisors

  • Conducts preliminary and entire investigations of offenses

  • Responds to crimes in progress dispatched and observed

  • Enforces traffic laws including stopping vehicles, writing citations, making arrests, conducting field sobriety tests, obtaining wreckers, and completing necessary reports

  • Collects and preserves evidence at crime scenes and traffic accidents

  • Investigates traffic accidents

  • Prepares reports as required including offense, supplemental, DWI, arrest and juvenile

  • Patrols the city for observed violations of criminal and traffic laws

  • Directs traffic at accidents, fires, emergencies and disasters

  • Makes arrests in accordance with current laws and department policy

  • Attends training, as required, including driving, firearms, defensive tactics, and classroom

  • Provides assistance to persons in need in accordance with department policies and procedures

  • Lawfully arrests persons using appropriate levels of force ranging from verbal persuasion to deadly force

  • Provides testimony in court, before the grand jury, and in any other legal administrative proceedings

  • Works in conjunction with other public safety services, such as fire departments, EMS, and any other municipal, state or federal law enforcement agencies

  • Performs other related duties as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to  effectively communicate in oral and written communications

  • Ability to operate commercial telephones and a two-way radio

  • Ability to use office equipment including calculator, copier, fax machine, computer, printer, etc.

  • Ability to respond to work with minimal notice for emergencies

  • Ability to perform duties in all types of weather and lighting conditions

  • Ability and skill to operate a law enforcement emergency vehicle, as well as the following equipment: vehicle radio, portable radio, spotlight, and emergency equipment consisting of lights and siren

  • Ability to carry on one’s person, as well as the ability and skill to operate equipment such as handgun (must be able to shoot, reload, and maintain this weapon), handcuffs, flashlight, chemical irritant spray, and baton

  • Ability to drag and/or carry people and items, climb, crawl, lift and run

  • Ability to interview people in various emotional states, record the information, disseminate the information to others, and write reports

  • Ability to think clearly, to plan a course of action to meet changing situations, to possess versatility and the ability to adapt to varying situations and to respond quickly and correctly during period of high stress and danger

  • Ability to direct traffic by hand signals and/or flashlight


Required Education and Experience:  

  • Minimum 21 years of age

  • Current and valid Texas Peace Officer License issued by TCOLE

  • Valid Texas Driver’s License

  • No felony convictions and no convictions for offenses involving moral turpitude

  • Able to successfully pass security background investigations and drug screening examinations on a random and/or specific basis


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • One year Patrol Officer experience.


Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  


Physical Demands:

Physical requirements include visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer, keyboard, phones, photocopier, fax machine, and basic office equipment.  The position is subject to sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, and standing to perform the essential functions.

Note: This job description is intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee for this position.  Duties, responsibilities, and actions may change at any time without prior notice.




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  • Location
    Dayton, Texas
  • Department
    40-Police Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $20.61 - $23.91 DOE